There you go, BMI chart, doctors, and insurance companies. I am no longer “overweight” by your standards. My BMI is officially 24.9 which means that my weight is now “normal.” I have gone from a BMI of 43.9 to 24.9, from “obese” to “normal.” I apologize for all the quotation marks. I’m just rather disgusted… Continue reading 164
By now you probably know that I think BMI is a useless way of categorizing people’s weight. It’s out-dated and misunderstood and has some serious issues especially for people who are tall, short, or athletic. However, I understand the need for some sort of way of classifying people’s health risk based on body size. This… Continue reading Body Adipose Index, It’s All In The Hips
Weight is the measure we are taught to use to judge our health first and foremost. This notion of weight as the ultimate indicator of healthiness is reinforced by our doctors, our television shows, our magazines, and even our friends and families. When someone says they have lost weight, we celebrate them. And when they… Continue reading More Than a Number on a Scale
There is an article in the New York Times today about the quest to increase the number of people who qualify for Lap-Band surgery by lowering the BMI requirement. The hero of our quest? Why the manufacturer of the Lap-Band, of course: Allergan. The change being sought would more than double the number of potential… Continue reading Lap-Band for Those with Smaller Laps
When what you see in the mirror doesn’t match what the numbers say, get a second opinion.